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Paid Internships Thailand Program Summary
Starting with 3 weeks TEFL training in a paradise location, followed by a guaranteed paid teaching job which could be anywhere in Thailand. We own one of the most popular paid teaching programs in the world and there are good reasons for it – Thailand is a popular country because of the low cost of living, good salaries for teachers, great tasting food, friendly people, stunning beaches and hot weather. We are popular because we go out of our way to make sure you have a great experience.
There is a ton of reviews online by previous participants, so you can be sure if you want a great start to paid teaching abroad, you can't go wrong with this program.
What was most beneficial about this was the opportunity to absorb any potential culture shock, learn some basic Thai, and settle in before getting into a teaching job. TEFL Heaven set me up with an amazing teaching job, I'm already considering doing a full year out here.
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Key Program Details
Thailand is by far one of the most popular countries to start teaching English abroad. This is due to many things, but the main attraction would be the lifestyle. Warm climate, good food, good salaries, cheap living costs, warm and friendly people, as well as stunning places to see and explore - you will never ever be bored!
Our TEFL training period is always in a paradise location. In the past we have used the islands of Koh Chang, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Phuket and the paradisaical province of Krabi. We only ever have one training location open at any time to make sure we fill the course to a maximum of 24 candidates - then we open another location.
The locations we choose are very similar in nature - train by a beach, in a tourist location, in a relaxed and beautiful setting and landscape, but get ready for some hard work! Work hard, play hard!
This program consists of 3 weeks TEFL training, which will be a mixture of daytime study and some evening work and assignments. TEFL trainers will make sure you have everything you need to become a confident teacher in Thailand.
Once qualified, the world is yours and you can use your TEFL certificate in other countries - there is no expiry date to the TEFL certificate. The TEFL certificate is accepted worldwide and many teachers have went on to teach in Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Spain, Czech Republic to name a few!
After gaining skills, making friends in this period is what it is all about. Spending so much time each day around the same people who are in the same situation means friendships solidify quickly. Everyone wants to support each other. It's one of the great benefits of starting your journey teaching abroad in this way.
Most people are placed in kindergarten, primary or secondary schools and at both government or private schools. You could be teaching small classes of 6 students or large classes of 50 students. Your working week will always be Monday to Friday with weekends off.
The school day can be long on weekdays. Most schools require you to be there at 7:30am to greet the students and have morning assembly. Schools normally finish at 4:00pm – 4:30pm. Teaching hours are normally a maximum of 24 teaching hours per week. This means you have a lot of free time to plan your lessons during the day.
Term 1: Approximately early/ mid May until end of September/ start of October
Term 2: Approximately late October until end of February/ mid or end of March
Exact term dates depends on the school, so the dates above are a rough guide. If you plan on staying just one school term, please make sure you book a return flight for a date after the approximate dates above. You normally only sign a one term contract. You can renew your contract and stay for a 2nd school term, as long as your designated school is happy with your teaching.
You get paid at least 30,000 Thai Baht per month (equivalent of 920 US dollars) and living costs are about half that, meaning you can save half your salary each month (if you wanted to!). For a clearer idea of costs, one of our teachers, Katie, wrote a Thailand Salary vs. Livings Costs Guide for you.
We have strong links with schools and organisations in Thailand and are able to offer everyone who comes on the program a guaranteed paid teaching job. To be eligible for this program, you need to hold a bachelors degree in any subject (not teaching - ANY subject) and be native English speaking, or from a native English speaking country.
You don't need to know or learn any Thai language as teaching is not done through the direct translation method.
Accommodation is complimentary during training.
When in placement you will be given assistance in finding accommodation, normally from the school. It will cost you the equivalent of approximately 120 US dollars each month for rent and around 30 US dollars for other bills.
Your accommodation in your teaching placement will most likely be a one room Thai–style studio apartment or a house (depending on if you are sharing) and will be quite basic: double bed, shower, bathroom, fan or air con.
You would not normally have a TV, fridge or cooking facilities – Thai people eat out for nearly every meal and the cost of living is extremely low, with street vendors nearly everywhere, so not having a cooker shouldn’t be a problem for you.
Start dates for this TEFL Program are twice a year, just before the start of term in April and October. Places fill up fast as this program is our most popular. We suggest you apply early.
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The training was completely amazing. First of all it was on a gorgeous island. I had incredibly knowledgeable, friendly trainers. I made a ton of friends who became my family here. It prepared me for everything in the classroom.
TEFL Teacher Thailand
Thailand is hot all year round. This, coupled with its many beaches and islands means when you have time off, you really get to relax!
In life, relationships matter! Your relationship with your students will be the thing you treasure the most in your time abroad.
Bangkok is known as the hub for Asia, and a quick flight will get you to Vietnam, China, Malaysia and even Australia in an hour!
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